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Ole Miss student booted from frat after biting off hamster's head

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OXFORD, MS (WMC) -

One spring break video is leaving people horrified and sick.

"I kind of cringed a little bit," said one Ole Miss student. "I had to kind of look away."

The British newspaper, The Daily Mail, came across a video showing Ole Miss student Brady Eaves biting the head off of a live hamster.

Several people in the crowd of Florida spring breakers can be heard cheering in the background.

Ole Miss freshman Meredith Mansfield says the video is going viral for all the wrong reasons.

"I don't want to see an animal getting its head bitten off," said Mansfield, who can't bring herself to watch the clip.

Eaves was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity on campus. On Tuesday afternoon, the fraternity's president issued an email saying Eaves had been kicked out of the fraternity and members were shocked by his actions.

"We are very disappointed and disgusted in Brady's actions. These actions are inconsistent with what we believe as men of Phi Delta Theta and are inconsistent with the creed of the University of Mississippi. This incident was during spring break and is in no way associated with any chapter activity of Phi Delta Theta."

"I think that's a good example to set," said student Jonathan Buchanan. "Like, if you do something like this, you're gone."

Ole Miss leaders are aware of the video and are still investigating what happened.

"University officials were recently made aware of this spring break video, and we are actively investigating. While federal law prohibits us from discussing matters that involve individual students, university officials will take appropriate steps as soon as all the facts have been gathered."

Students at Ole Miss say its a shame that a few students continue to give the university a bad name.

"I don't even know why you would think to do something like that," said one student. "Who comes up with stuff like that?"

It is unknown what charges Eaves may face from Florida law enforcement officials.  The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is also investigating the incident and wants Eaves prosecuted.

Meanwhile, his parents are just as appalled as his fellow classmates.

Eaves' parents, John and Angel Eaves, released the following statement:

"First, as the parents of Brady Eaves, let everyone please be assured that we do not take the subject of animal cruelty lightly, nor do we in any way condone the behavior displayed in the recent video of our son that has gone viral on the internet. The actions that appear in the video go against everything that our son has been taught, and we can assure everyone that his actions are not what he believes in his heart, nor are true to his character. While we are extremely disappointed and greatly disturbed by his actions, as his parents, we know Brady to be a very bright and talented young man with a huge heart.

As parents we are obviously and very seriously concerned about the well-being of our son. We have withdrawn him from school, and fully intend on professionally assessing why he behaved in such a horrible way, and what we must do as a family to keep this type of behavior from ever happening again. Raising teenagers in today's world, as most caring and loving parents realize, can challenge the best of us. We will continue to love our son with all of our hearts and be right there by his side as our family addresses this situation. We would sincerely appreciate that all parents who have gone through similar incidents with their children, and the entire community please keep us in their thoughts and prayers."

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